Marlin make waves at championships

NDET 96243 Swimming Gala Matlock
NDET 96243 Swimming Gala Matlock

BELPER Marlin swimmers continued to make waves at the econd weekend of the ASA County Championships held over March 10/11 at Queen’s Park Leisure Centre in Chesterfield.

Club members brought back lots of metalware to Belper from a tough and very competitive weekend which saw individuals show off their swimming skills and speed. They did not disappoint!

The first gold went to Poppy Fisher (9) for her 100IM, Robert Ainley (15) for his 50M Breast, Ben Goodall (15) for his 400M Free, 1500 Free and 400M IM, Fran Marshall (18) for her 200M IM.

Second place silver went to Casper Raynard (9) for his 200M IM, Leah Hollingsworth (15) for her 50M Breast, 100M IM, Fran Marshall for her 50M Fly, Robert Ainley for his 50M Fly. 3rd place Bronze went to Rachel Ainley (11) for her 100M IM, Hannah Kingdon (15) for her 50M Breast, Robert Ainley for his 100M IM, Mike Brett (age unknown!) 50M Fly, Leah Hollingsworth for her 200M IM, Robert Ainley for his 200M IM.

There are not many head coaches who actually take part, so well done to Mike Brett who came a very respectable third in his event.

Other top six swimmers were Jonathan Altoft, Maddie Shrimpling, Alex Goodall, and Connor Osin.

BAGCAT placings followed the final weekend of individual swims and the following top ten county placings went to Marlin swimmers:- 4th Poppy Fisher, 7th Casper Raynard, 7th Connor Osin, 8th Amy Neild, 9th George Chamberlain, 10th Ryan Horobin.

Other swimmers who also swam well in the championships over the last few weekends should also receive a big well done and a mention: Jethro McGraw, Emily Richards, Ryan Horobin, Dominic Shrimpling, Christian Boon, Edward Warbrick, Edward Pickering, Cameron Haynes, Sam Frost, George Henshaw, Georgina Elder, Ailish Adams, Alice Allen, Sarah Dymond, Lauren Neild, Ellie Baker, Holly Phelan.

Final weekend

Saturday, March 17 saw the third and final leg of the exciting ASA county championships with the eagerly-awaited relay events hjeld at Queen’s Leisure Centre in Derby.

This event sees the teams get to pull together after the individual events of the previous two weeks and what a day this was for Marlin with three relay club records being smashed.

They were the boys 14yrs and under F/S Elliott Stubbs, Callum Phelan, Callum Sheldon and George Chamberlain who swam in 4.31.83, the Men’s Open 4x100m medley; Jonathan Altoft, Alex Goodall, Ben Goodall and Anthony Haslam in 4.24.16 and Ladies Open 4x100 F/S Amy Neild, Leah Hollingsworth, Amy Hewitt & Frances Marshall in 4.16.19.

Other Marlin relay teams coming in the top six were Women’s 11/14 400M Medley team Amy Neild, Maddie Shrimpling, Ellie Hewitt, Tia Millington in 5.14.10. 3rd place finalists Amy Hewitt, Leah Hollingsworth, Frances Marshall and Emily Taylor in the Women’s Open 400M Medley in 4.45.39. In the Men’s Open 400M Freestyle final 6th place went to Jonathan Altoft, Anthony Haslam, Robert Ainley and Ben Goodall in 3.55.65 and 4th place in the 15/18 400M Medley to Jonathan Altoft, Josh Corne, Ben Goodall, Rob Ainley in 4.26.57. 4th place went to Amy Hewitt, Leah Hollingsworth, Fran Marshall and Danielle Ball for their 15/18 400M Medley in 4.52.85 and 5th place to Amy Hewitt, Amy Neild, Leah Hollingsworth, Fran Marshall for the Women’s Open 400M Free in 4.16.19. 6th place went to Jonathan Altoft, Rob Ainley, Connor Osin and Ben Goodall for the 15/18 400M Free in 3.56.05 and 6th place to Elliott Stubbs, Callum Phelan, Callum Sheldon and George Chamberlain for the 11/14 yrs 400M Free in 4.31.83.

Well done to other Relay swimmers who put in sterling performances - Dani Hollingsworth, Phoebe Booth, Rachel Ainley, Michael Shrimpling, Josh Horobin, Jake Gidley, Megan Ball, Luke Meakin, Sam Bassett.

Over the three weekends Marlin achieved 114 top six places, 12 gold medals, 18 silver, 20 bronze, 20 = 4th places, 23 =5th places, 21= 6th places.

Head Coach Mike Brett was delighted with his team’s outstanding achievements which improve year on year. He said: “The depth of talent in the club, the excellent coaching support and the training programmes in place are taking the club to new levels and all the swimmers should be congratulated. They have worked so hard at these championships overall, winning a rewarding combination of over 111 top six placings as opposed to around 84 last year.”

Not to rest on their laurels, Marlin will be at the Four Towns Gala this weekend.

Marlin received some more exciting news this week from Marlin and Derventio swimmer Ben Goodall - fresh back from the Olympic trials in London, Ben is set for another first. After Ben’s top three placing in the 1500M Freestyle in his age group at the British Championships he has been selected to swim for Great Britain at the LEN Open Water Cup in Eilat in Israel in May.